World Child Cancer recently collaborated with the Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) in Bangladesh to host an art competition! The event, held this past Autumn, helped to create an enjoyable environment in which children on the cancer ward could comfortably draw and color. The children were divided into two groups based on their ages, and a panel of adults reviewed their drawings and awarded a prize to each child. The objective of the competition was to help the children build confidence and relieve stress, both of which are critical to their emotional well-being, especially during long hospital stays. It was a very uplifting event for the children.
Children with cancer can spend months or even years in hospital and are usually far away from home whilst in treatment. This means that they often end up missing school, which impedes not only academic progress, but social development. Events like these are essential in ensuring that they do not fall too far behind. They also provide the children with much needed relief from their everyday lives at the hospital, often spent in bed or receiving treatment. By providing the children with stimulation and encouraging them to socialize with one another, World Child Cancer helps to improve their well-being whilst at hospital and facilitates their return to normal, happy childhoods post-treatment.
You can help us continue to provide psychosocial support just like this to children with cancer by donating today. All UK donations made before the 21st January will be doubled by the UK government, meaning your gift will make a difference to the lives of even more children.